On March 29, 2019 the Ambridge Area School District was pleased to announce the participation of 30 students in the “Build on Careers in Construction and Allied Industries” at the David l. Lawrence Convention Center presented by the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania. Alongside the Builders Guild, sponsors included Peoples and CNX, US Steel, Duquesne Light Company and Shell Chemicals of Pennsylvania. During this time, students were given the opportunity to make valuable connections to, not only community and local employers, but also the Trades and Unions including but not limited: Carpenters, Bricklayers and Allied Crafts, Ironworkers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Boilermakers, Insulators, Plumbers, Electricians and the Laborers Union.
During their time at the trades fair, students participated in interactive activities with the regional building trade unions, industry partners, tool and product suppliers, and experienced a host of games and virtual trainings. Students also spoke first hand with apprentices, training directors, recruiters and others who provided greater insight into well-paying, sustainable careers and career avenues from apprenticeships to journeyman in Western Pennsylvania. The students also learned about educational pathways through no-cost apprenticeship programs, two and four year degree programs offered by area colleges and universities, and endorsed pre-apprenticeship programs for after high school.
All senior members were encouraged to bring copies of their resumes to hand to potential employers and for discussing career pathways with members of the industries at this time.
Mrs. Debona, Ms. Benedict and Mr. Groom with the assistance of Mrs. Brewer accompanied the students on the trades fair and received first hand instruction on the jobs the Shell plant and local unions are endorsing for future employment, and had the opportunity to hear Governor Wolf’s future plans for Western Pennsylvania. The direction for employment is high in the labor field and continues to branch out to not only college pathways but to careers in the unions and the trades for future success after high school. The educators encouraged the students to also consider pathways in the trades and to speak to recruiters, and were able to bring back a vast array of knowledge to the student body as a whole. As one of the representatives from IBEW had stated, “Four year colleges are no longer the only route…we will continue to educate the need for the unions and the trades at this time for a sustainable career."
The Community College of Beaver County is also holding an “Apprenticeship Readiness Program” where students can interact with 16 building and construction trade unions and tour several trades and unions tour sites during this time. For enrollment, students are encouraged to call CCBC at 724-480-3448 and ask to speak to an admissions counselor for the “Apprenticeship Readiness Program.” Any students wishing to pursue the trades or unions are encouraged to speak with members of the guidance team at any time for information. Please feel free to call 724-266-2833, ext. 2377 with any questions you may have.
Yesterday the JH and SH teams competed in the BC Envirothon at Brady's Run Park. The teams did well. The SH earned a 6th place our of 23 teams and the JH won a 1st and 4th place. The girls first place team missed 1st last year by 3 points.
This season in track & field, Isaac Elliott plans to win a WPIAL title in his sprinting event. In previous years, Elliott has unfortunately pulled his hamstring and been unable to compete. This year he has been doing very well so far with no injuries, so he hopes to be able to compete and qualify for states. Congratulations to him so far, and good luck for the rest of the season!
To read the article on the Times Online, click on the link below.
Anna Galiardi and Skye Galiardi both won first place in the Women’s Club District Competition. Their photos will now move on to compete at the state level. Click here to vote for the Kieth Rothfus Congressional Art Contest. Voting is available through April 4th.
Registration Procedures for New or Returning Students
Welcome to the Ambridge Area School District. All new students in grades K-12 are required to complete the registration process at the Central Administration Office before attendance in the District can begin. Additional kindergarten registration dates are held each spring.
Who determines the requirements for enrollment?
Requirements to register for enrollment in any Pennsylvania school district are determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and not the individual school district of application. Proof of residency is among the required documents, as funding and taxation are directly tied to school residency in the Commonwealth. Ambridge Area School District is required to adhere to all aspects of the registration process.
Can my child attend the Ambridge Area School District?
Children who reside in Ambridge Borough, Baden Borough, Economy Borough, Harmony Township and South Heights are eligible to attend the Ambridge Area School District. Children are eligible for registration for kindergarten if they have attained the age of 5 years on or before September 1 of the school year. New residents or returning students can apply for registration throughout the year.
How do I begin the registration process?
To begin the registration process, please visit the AASD website’s registration information page, which includes instructions and forms required to register children in the District. Enrollment is available by appointment only. Information on how to schedule an appointment is included in this FAQ.
What documents are required for the enrollment process?
We understand that everyone is busy; however, to save time during the enrollment process, please have the following documents available at the time of your enrollment appointment:
Evidence of the child’s age. This must be presented in the form of a legal document such as a birth certificate or passport. Parents or legal guardians who need to obtain a copy of their child’s passport can find instructions on how to do so here.
Two current proofs of residency. The first proof must be the rental/lease or deed/mortgage agreement or a copy of the tax bill from the municipality in which they reside. The second proof can consist of a driver’s license, current insurance policy or utility bill. Residents who do not have lease or utility agreements in their name are required to complete and notarize this form.
Immunization records that include dates from your child’s doctor’s office or former school, or an international health certificate.
Discipline records from the most previous school of attendance is required for students enrolling at the High School level.
Which immunizations are required for attendance?
The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires each child entering school for the first time to have the following immunizations before school begins:
Four (4) doses of tetanus (usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td) (1dose on or after the 4th birthday);
Four (4) doses of diphtheria (usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td) (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday);
Three (3) doses of polio;
Two (2) doses of measles (Usually given as MMR);
Two (2) doses of mumps (Usually given as MMR);
One (1) dose of rubella (German Measles) (Usually given as MMR);
Three (3) doses of hepatitis B; and
Two (2) doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease.
Additional immunization requirements, by age, are available through the Pennsylvania Department of Health or from your child’s pediatrician. The immunization requirements are a condition of attendance at any public, private, or parochial school in Pennsylvania. Parents will be expected to produce evidence of the immunizations or their child will be denied entrance to school until the requirements are met.
What additional documentation may be useful at the time of registration?
While these documents are not required as a condition of enrollment, the District requests that all new or returning students also provide copies of the following:
Student records from the child’s previous school;
Health/Physical exam records; and
Academic, attendance and special education records (such as IEPs and 504s).
What happens if I don’t have the required documents at the time of registration?
Failure to provide the required documentation at the time of registration will delay the registration process. The District is not permitted to complete the registration process and allow the child(ren) to begin attending classes until registration is complete.
How soon can my child begin attending classes following registration?
There is typically a 3-to-5 day waiting period from the time enrollment is completed and registration of the student(s) is finalized. Children will be unable to attend until the registration process is completed. The District will notify the parent/legal guardian of the child’s start date, transportation assignment and schedule once the process is finalized.
What are the hours for the enrollment office?
Kindergarten Registration Information
Ambridge Area School District
Act 1 Referendum
Pursuant to Act 1, the Pennsylvania Department of Education publishes an index % applicable to the School District. The Ambridge Area School District’s real estate tax increase for the 2016/2017 fiscal year is limited to the index of 3.3%. As a result of special circumstances covered by an Act 1 referendum exception, a tax rate % increase above 3.3% might be required to balance the Ambridge Area School District’s budget for the 2016/2017 fiscal year. The Ambridge Area School District intends to seek approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education as required by Act 1 for an exception allowing an increase of the real estate tax as reflected in the Ambridge Area School District’s Preliminary Budget.
A copy of the proposed preliminary budget will be available for public inspection by December 30, 2015 in the Ambridge Area School District Business Office which is located at the Ambridge Area High School, 909 Duss Avenue, Ambridge, PA, and on the District’s website at www.ambridge.k12.pa.us. Final adoption of the preliminary budget will be taken at the scheduled voting meeting of the Board of School Directors to be held on January 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School auditorium.
State Street Elementary School held its Popsicle "Meet-and-Greet," which is a great way for students to meet their teachers for the 2019-2020 School Year and to get acclimated to the school. Thank you to those who helped to make this event a success!
Photo Courtesy of Alan Freed
The Ambridge Steel Drum Band will celebrate 30 fabulous years on stage with world-class professional musicians from The River City Brass Band and Liam Teague during an anniversary concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 at Ambridge Senior High School, 909 Duss Ave., Ambridge. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $8 for adults and $5 for children 17 and under when purchased in advance between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at the High School. Tickets are for general admission only and may be purchased via cash or check. If purchasing via check, please make payable to Ambridge Area Band Boosters. Tickets purchased at the door on the day of the event are $10 for adults and $7 for ages 17 and under.
The River City Brass Band is America’s only full-time brass band. It was founded in Pittsburgh in 1981 by Robert Bernat, with a mission of entertaining, educating and engaging citizens locally and globally.
Liam Teague is a professor of music and head of steelpan studies at Northern Illinois University, where he also directs the prominent NIU Steelband. He is hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan” and is world renowned for his musical acumen. Mr. Teague is the recipient of an NIU Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor Award, and has received many awards from his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, including the Humming Bird National Award and the Ansa McAl Caribbean Award for Excellence. Among his many accomplishments, he has appeared in concert with Grammy Award-winning musicians Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Zakir Hussain and Dame Evelyn Glennie.
The 30th anniversary celebration culminates a year of special events for the Ambridge Steel Band. In November, the band appeared for the first time in the WPXI Holiday Parade, and performed two nights at Heinz Hall with the revitalized B.E. Taylor Christmas Show in December. The Ambridge Steel Band also was honored to be one of 35 ensembles from 13 states to be selected by audition to perform at the 2019 NAfME/PMEA Eastern Division Conference on April 4 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
For more information about the concert, or for ticketing questions, call 724-266-2833, Ext 2520.